By Kingsley Omonobi
Following the retirement of six Deputy Inspectors General of Police who were members of the former management team under Mr. Ogbonna Onovo early this month, the Federal Government has approved the appointment of seven new Deputy Inspectors General of Police.
Their appointment followed the recommendations of the Acting Inspector General, Mr. Afiz Ringim, and the application of the Police Service Commission’s Establishment Act, 2001 by the DIG (rtd) Parry Osanyande’s commission.
The new DIG’s are Mrs. Ivy Okoronkwo, formerly AIG Zone 7, Abuja; Mr. Azubuko Udah, formerly AIG Zone 2, Lagos; both representing South East geo-political zone, Mr. Ganiyu Dawudu, formerly AIG ‘Intelligence’ at Force Headquarters, representing South West geopolitical zone, and Alhaji Sadauna Abubakar, formerly AIG Zone 1, Kano, representing North West geo-political zone.
Also appointed Deputy Inspectors General are AIG Audu Abubakar, the Commandant of Police Staff College, Jos, representing North East geo-political zone; Mohammed Yesufu, AIG Zone 11, Oshogbo, representing South-South geopolitical zone; and AIG Saleh Abubakar, representing North Central geo-political zone.
Under the new dispensation, Vanguard gathered that the DIG’s are seven in line with the Police Reform programme which makes for one of the DIG’s to serve as the number two person in the Police force unlike in the past when nobody really stood out as a number 2 person. The PSC stoutly stood by seniority other than other considerations.
For those that might want to raise eyebrows concerning the appointment of two DIG’s from the South East Zone, they would recall that in the last dispensation, Mr. Israel Ajao, DIG in charge of Operations was in the same South West Zone with DIG Efuntayo, the DIG in charge Training during the Onovo regime.
Speaking on the promotions, Chief Information officer of the Commission, Ferdinand Ekpe, disclosed that the appointments were ratified at the 17th plenary meeting of the commission held yesterday, and in exercise of the powers conferred on it by both the 1999 Constitution and the PSC Establishment Act 2001 having considered the recommendations of the Acting IGP.
Apart from DIG Israel Ajao and DIG Efuntayo, other retired DIG’s were Udom Ekpe Udom, DIG Declan Uzoma, DIG John Ahmadu and DIG Uba Ringim.
While congratulating the newly promoted officers, the commission enjoined them to discharge their duties to reposition the Nigeria Police Force to meet the challenges of policing a democratic society in the 21st century and beyond, pointing out that all the promotions were with effect from September 28.